NCAA: Eze wins it for Perps at home against Baste

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 09, 2018 06:25 PM
NCAA: Eze wins it for Perps at home against Baste
Prince Eze and Perpetual perfectly executed the game-winning play designed by head coach Frankie Lim

The smiles on the faces of the University of Perpetual Help faithful inside their home gym in Las Pinas on Thursday was up to the left hand of Prince Eze.

The Nigerian powerhouse did nothing but come through as his tip-in with his left hand proved to be the difference for the Altas against visiting San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 78-76.

Eze ended with 21 points, 12 rebounds, three blocks, and three steals, but his most important contribution was the tip-in that put Perps back inside the winner’s circle now at 3-2 in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament.

With the two teams tied at 76 with 3.3 ticks to go on the clock, coach Frankie Lim called a timeout. “I would really go to Prince on that last shot. It was a tip-in and he made it,” he told reporters post-game.

Off of that, Jielo Razon inbounded to AJ Coronel who then had a good look for a baseline jumper. “I really designed it that way. Ang ine-expect ko, ide-deny nila si [Edgar] Charcos so sabi ko kay AJ, you have to be available for the pass,” their mentor said.

Instead, Coronel lobbed the ball near the top of the rim and right-handed Eze directed it off the board and down the net with his left hand.

Moments later, Perpetual finished the job in successfully defending its home court and rising to solo fourth at 3-2.

This, even though they fell behind by as much as 18-39 in the second quarter. “Beggars can’t be choosy. We were down by 21 at the half and we won by two, still a great win for us,” coach Frankie said.

Charcos played big in the second half, with all but one of his 18 points while Coronel also chipped in all of his nine points in the final frame.

The Altas also welcomed contributions from Kim Aurin who stuffed the stat sheet with four points, eight assists, five rebounds, two steals, and two blocks as well as Razon who had three markers, six dimes, and five boards.

For the Golden Stags, Allyn Bulanadi topped the scoring column with 21 points to go along with 12 rebounds, three steals, and two assists while Alvin Capobres also scored 19 markers.

Unable to stop Eze in that pivotal play, however, they dropped to 3-5.

BOX SCORES

PERPETUAL 78 – Eze 22, Charcos 18, Peralta 11, Coronel 9, Mangalino 5, Aurin 4, Razon 3, Gallardo 2, Cuevas 2, Sese 2, Tamayo 0, Pasia 0

SAN SEBASTIAN 76 – Bulanadi 21, Capobres 19, Dela Cruz 11, Calma 8, Are 6, Calisaan 5, Desoyo 2, Isidro 2, Villapando 2, Valdez 0, Sumoda 0

QUARTER SCORES: 12-20, 27-46, 51-57, 78-76

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